join us for the first ever acacia moyo safari
January 5 - 15 2022
ITINERARY & NOTES
wildlife conservation habitat climate change Maasai culture
Nairobi city Lamu Island
this safari focuses on learning about and experiencing first hand the intricate ecological relationship between the Maasai people, their land, their livestock, wildlife and climate change.
You will have many opportunities to meet Maasai stakeholders to discuss the issues and challenges they face and how they are adapting to global issues such as climate change, pandemics and loss of land.
You also have a chance to explore the fascinating city of Nairobi as well as the beach paradise of Lamu Island, off Kenya's northeastern coast.
This itinerary may change in small details, but is basically accurate. Remember – we are in Africa and things don’t always run as smoothly as they might elsewhere!! The most important part of your luggage is your patience and sense of humor. If we get a flat tyre on a bad road, it will be fixed and we will wait -patiently. If we get too close to an elephant, he will politely tell us to move back. If we fall in love with Lamu and don’t wish to leave – ever - we will leave you behind with our best wishes and our phone numbers.
The world is hungry for travel again. We are travelling during Kenya’s peak tourist season and flights and accommodations are already booking up really fast. Porini Gamewatchers Safaris is holding our flights and accommodations but they cannot hold them indefinitely.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. ALL RESERVATIONS AND 25% NON-REFUDABLE DEPOSIT MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 25, 2021 AT THE LATEST.
OUR SAFARI PARTNER
We are working with GAMEWATCHERS PORINI SAFARIS of Kenya. They are the best safari outfit in the country, with over 30 years of experience. They have won several local and international awards for their safari philosophy and efforts to help local Maasai communities to maintain their culture while developing sustainable livelihoods in partnership with wildlife, livestock and tourists..
DAY ONE Wednesday 1/5
Morning arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
If at all possible, try to catch the Kenya Airways flight leaving from JFK on January 4th at 12.35am. It arrives in Nairobi at 10.30am. If you can’t make that flight, it is essential that you arrive at some time during the day on January 5th. We will pick you up at whatever time you arrive.
Drive into Nairobi National Game Park to Porini’s Nairobi Tented Camp – the ultimate in camping luxury right in the center of the teeming game park and on the doorstep of the great city of Nairobi, whose skyline can be seen on the horizon. You will see plenty of wildlife on the drive into the Park.
Relax in the morning or go on a game drive.
Lunch: 1pm. Meet Maasai Chief Nickson Parmisa from Kitengela, just across the southern boundary of the Game Park. He will be available to answer questions about the community, and share his knowledge of wildlife and climate change. He is extremely knowledgeable about conservation and is himself a trained game scout.
Afternoon game walk. Evening game drive. Both optional.
All meals included. Also Beer, Wine, Gin & Tonic, Soft Drinks and mineral drinking water
Overnight Porini Tented Camp, Nairobi National Park
DAY TWO Thursday 1/6
Early morning game drive through the park.
Visit to the nearby Wildlife Foundation compound to witness conservation education and training in action.
Visit to Kitengela community – local high school, individual homes. Meet some of the students we sponsor. Tea and conversation at Chief Nickson Parmisa’s home.
All meals included. Also Beer, Wine, Gin & Tonic, Soft Drinks and mineral drinking water.
Overnight Porini Tented Camp, Nairobi National Park
DAY THREE Friday 1/7
We leave Porini Tented Camp after an early breakfast and drive through the Game Park to the Rhino Orphanage, where we spend an hour with the baby rhinos.
We head out of the Park to the Magadi Road and the Galleria Mall, where we stock up on snacks and drinks – at your own expense!
We will be carrying a packed lunch provided by Porini Tented Camp.
We then proceed down the Magadi Road to the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie, which was first discovered by anthropologists Louis and MAry Leakey and excavated by various scientists over the years. Early humans lived here between 40,000 to 1.2 million years ago. Excavations show the animals they encountered, the tools they used and the climate challenges they met. The site is well set up with a wooden walkway around the excavations and local archaeologists to explain the tools and remains that have been found there, which are all visible exactly where they were found.
We continue on the long and HOT drive to Lake Magadi, which lies below sea level and is encrusted with salt.
If we are lucky, we may see a few or millions of pink flamingos. Their movements between various lakes are
unpredictable. You will be in a dry, volcanic landscape, in an area where the Maasai still live according to their traditions.
NOTE: IT CAN BE EXTREMELY HOT HERE – OVER 100 DEGREES F.
After visiting the lake, we continue for just a few miles to the Olkiramatian Conservancy,
which is run by the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO) to see first-hand the
SORALO research center and how this Maasai community adapts to climate change and
practices conservation, using a combination of traditional knowledge and modern technology.
We continue to Lentorre Lodge – an absolutely fabulous, luxury accommodation with amazing
views in all directions, excellent food and lovely plunging pools in which to cool off. This lodge
is owned by the Maasai women of the community and as such, is unique in Kenya. Various
activities are available, such as walking with Maasai and their livestock, going on a game drive,
wading in the river, or doing nothing at all. (some activities may be priced separately – t.b.a.)
Overnight at Lentorre Lodge
DAY FOUR Saturday 1/8
After breakfast we head back along the Magadi Road towards Nairobi, with a packed lunch. If time allows, we may stop again at the Galleria Mall for an early dinner at the Indian restaurant called Indian Khazanah where you can sample the very best of Kenya’s Indian cuisine. Dinner is at your own expense.
We will then proceed to Nairobi’s gorgeous and time-tested Fairview Hotel, which has lovely gardens, a swimming pool, bar, dining room etc. (Depending on our time arrival, you may also choose to have dinner here at your own expense).
Overnight at Fairview Hotel, bed and breakfast only
DAY FIVE Sunday 1/9
After breakfast at the Fairview Hotel (included) pick up at 8.30am for 10am flight from Wilson Airport in Nairobi to Porini Mara Camp.
The small and exclusive Porini Mara Camp has just six tents & a new Family Tent and is located in the 18,700 acre Ol Kinyei Conservancy, one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. The tents are comfortable, with bathrooms and a common dining tent.
Be a first-hand witness to how conservation really works in conjunction with the local Maasai community stakeholders, conservancies and game parks. Maasai culture at its best. Game-viewing at its best. Authentic tented safari at its best.
Full Board. Also soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water.
Game drives and other activities (t.b.a.)
Evening gathering around a camp fire for traditional Maasai dancing.
Overnight Porini Mara Camp
DAY SIX Monday 1/10
Activities at Porini Mara Camp include game drives, game walks,
All meals included. Also Soft drinks, beer, house wine, gin & tonic, mineral water.
Afternoon meeting with Maasai stakeholders and discussion on habitat, clmate change and conservation.
Overnight Porini Mara Camp
DAY SEVEN Tuesday, 1/11
After breakfast, we take the 8.30am flight from Porini Mara Camp back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi. From there, you will be taken to the world-famous five-star Sarova Stanley Hotel right in the heart of the City of Nairobi. Lunch and dinner are at your own expense wherever you choose to eat. Suggestions for restaurants and activities will be given.
You are free to explore the city on your own. Be sure to download your UBER app as the service works very well in Nairobi. You will have no problems with transportation and drivers speak English. A list of suggested activities will be provided. For security reasons, do not wear jewelry or carry shoulder-strap bags. Do not keep a cell phone in a pocket. Be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas.
Option: 12.30pm Participate in an organized trip to the Nairobi National Museum, which is well worth visiting. We will have lunch first at the lovely Vogue Café, where you can sit outdoors and enjoy the tropical vegetation.
The world-famous Thorn Tree Cafe. Legend has it that if you pin a
note to the thorn tree, sooner or later someone you know will find it.
After lunch, visit the excellent permanent galleries that showcase Kenya’s history as far back as we know it; Kenya’s diverse culture; and Kenya’s extraordinary wildlife along with temporary art and photography exhibitions relevant to Kenya life.
Go shopping for gifts in the row of excellent museum shops that offer the best of Kenyan artefacts, books, etc.
All entrance fees, lunch and dinner are at your own expense.
Overnight New Stanley Hotel, bed and breakfast only.
DAYS SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1/12, 1/13, 14
After a leisurely breakfast on Wednesday, January 12, you will be picked up at about 11.30am and taken to Wilson Airport to catch the 1.30 flight to the island of Lamu, off Kenya’s northeastern coast, arriving at 2.45pm.
These three days are unscheduled and provided for you to wind down from you strenuous safari! As your tour guide, I will be available for suggestions. All meals except breakfast and all activities and transport are at your own expense.
Once you arrive at Lamu Airport, you will be greeted by your boat captain who will ferry you across the water directly to the divine Kijani House in Shela. Enjoy the gorgeous walled garden, the swimming pool, the balconies and the short walk to lovely, uncrowded Shela Beach, where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean gently lap the shore and little boys on donkeys trot past. Spend the day there or take a boat across to the equally gorgeous beach of Manda Island where various beach lodges provide meals, sun lounges, etc.
From Kijani House, you are just steps away from the world-famous Peponi’s Hotel, with its excellent food and drinks on a lovely sea-view patio. Explore the tiny village of Shela on foot.
Lamu Town is a legendary bastion of Swahili culture and lifestyle, separated from Shela by a mile-long walkway or a short boat ride. Wander the narrow streets of Lamu town, taste Swahili delicacies, shop for jewelry and curios, or just get lost in the maze of narrow alleys. Or use your time to explore the Swahili ruins on nearby islands.
Overnight Kijani House, bed and breakfast only.
DAY TEN Sunday 1/15
You will still have the whole morning to enjoy Lamu. At 1.30pm your boat captain will arrive to ferry you back to Lamu Airport for your 3.05 flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, arriving at 17.05. From there, you will be taken to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home. If you are flying Kenya Airways to JFK, your flight will leave at 11.30pm. We understand that this is a long wait at JKIA but there is no other choice. You will have time to deal with departure, eat dinner and calmly board your plane for the approximately 15-hour-flight back to JFK.
DAY ELEVEN Monday 1/16
You’re home! Think about the incredible experience you have just had and how you can expand it by sharing it with friends and family, local schools, community groups and even local politicians. Make the experience more than just your own safari. Take everyone you know along with you and help us to support conservation, support the Kitengela Maasai community and support indigenous ways of combatting climate change.
It’s not just their future. It’s our future too.
The overall price for this safari will be somewhere between $4500 and $5500 per person, not including your international flights. This includes everything listed below, with the exception of lunches and dinners on some days (see below) and any day trips/excursions you choose to take in Nairobi or on Lamu Island.
The price per person depends on your willingness to share accommodations if you are traveling alone. It makes a huge difference in price for everyone and also makes booking simpler.
NOTE: we are adding a 6% surcharge to each person’s total costs as a donation to ACACIA MOYO- where tradition meets technology. These funds will cover the costs of travel for our Maasai Chief, Nickson Parmisa, who will accompany us on some of the days. He is a fount of knowledge, an expert on conservation and animal migration and a charming individual. This surcharge will be added to your overall bill.
NOT INCLUDED ARE:
International flights; tips; prices for day excursions in Nairobi and Lamu; personal shopping; medical and travel insurance; lunch and dinner on specified days; snacks between meals; uber or taxi transport in Nairobi; entrance fees to any non-specified locations; laundry; visa fees.
Please check whether you need a tourist visa to enter Kenya. This service is no longer available on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You must obtain your visa online at https://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html - it costs about $50.
The small planes we are using in Kenya have a luggage limit of only 15kg per person. We are not returning to the same places on any occasion, so you will not be able to leave luggage behind for later collection. You must pack very lightly with essentials only. Use LIGHTWEIGHT SOFT bags for easier packing into 'planes and safari vehicles. Some areas, such as Magadi and the coast, will be hot during the day and only a little cooler at night. Nairobi and other higher altitude areas can be chilly at night. Normally, January enjoys the best weather everywhere – hot, dry, sunny days and cooler nights – but with climate change, anything could happen. Be prepared. Be adaptable. I will provide a suggested packing list. Good binoculars are essential.
Most places will have wifi and internet availability, but it may be unsteady or very slow in some places. I use AT & T roaming services, which work very well but are super expensive. Alternatively, you can buy a local phone on arrival with prepaid connectivity from Safaricom, (available at the airport) and they work very well. Or you can just do without it in some places, if necessary.
Kenya is no better and no worse than any other place in terms of security. I have traveled back home so many times and have never ever had an issue. However, you should dress simply, with no jewelry or light-weight shoulder-bags. You should carefully guard your money and your passports and other documents. You should hide your cell phone at all times except when in use.
Kenya has handled covid-19 exceptionally well and continues to do so. At this point, there are strict curfews controlling evening and night activities. Hopefully, these will be lifted by January. PLEASE CHECK THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS RE COVID FREQUENTLY. You may have to produce either a vaccination certificate or a negative test certificate taken 72 hours before travel in both directions. These rules may change so keep your eye on them and have your documents ready, just in case.
You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance that covers medical emergency. While Nairobi has excellent hospitals and medical care, the rest of the country does not. Bring your meds with you.
Payments accepted by Visa, Mastercard, Zelle, Paypal, Venmo, personal check, wire or direct bank deposit. All transfer fees apply.
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT KENNY MANN AT 646 479-5884. This is better than email, which may land in my spam folder. I will respond promptly.
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Safari Njema!!! That’s Kisuaheli for “Have a great trip!”